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Roku Steps Up To Ultra HD 4K Streaming

Roku will put streaming video into sharper focus with the launch this month of its first Ultra HD 4K set-top streaming player, the $129 Roku 4.

The device streams 4K content at 60 fps, incorporates HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 copy protection, and accesses 4K content from Netflix, M-Go, Amazon Instant Video, ToonGoogles, Vudu and YouTube.

Roku 4 will be available late October to join Amazon’s 4K Fire TV set-top streamer, which launched this week at $99 and supports 30 fps 4K video. Neither company said it is supporting high dynamic range (HDR) in their 4K set-top streamers.

“We believe it’s best to wait to see where the industry discussion goes, and where standards net out, before adding support for this feature,” said a Roku spokesperson.

Amazon’s Fire TV stick and the Roku Streaming Stick support 1080p streaming but not 4K streaming.